Relationships are a two-way street, it requires constant flow, care, and maintenance. When one of the parties is disengaged, mentorship quality and its outcomes are impacted. At times, part of the issue is derived by the environment created by mentorship programs where enterprises build an incentive mechanism that partially distorts the value proposition that mentorship has.
Both the mentor and the mentee need to be willing and able to raise concerns and part ways if necessary. Mentees need to understand that it is a two-way street – they can also provide value to mentors by being active, helpful listeners, and showing eagerness. Mentors, need to understand that background and environment play a key factor in their mentees’ path and, as such, they must readjust their expectations.
Be mindful not jump into conclusions when someone seems absent at some point. It may be that they have other major events in their lives impacting them. Building a good relationship can help to ameliorate challenges of this nature.